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Longtime Council President Jeremy Pietzold announces he does not intend to run again

PMG FILE PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - Mayor Stan Pulliam. With the November 2022 election only four months away, those hoping to retain or gain a local seat are beginning to file to run. As of June 30, those already filed to seek re-election to Sandy City Council are Mayor Stan Pulliam and City Councilors Laurie Smallwood (Position No. 2) and Carl Exner (Position No. 5). PMG FILE PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - Council President Jeremy Pietzold. Council President Jeremy Pietzold's Position No. 1 term is also up, though he said after more than a decade of service to the city, he's hoping to focus more of his time on his family.

"Mainly, it's just for my kids, my family (that I'm not running again)," Pietzold said. "I started, this will be my 16th year, and I did two years on planning commission before that and SandyNet the whole way before that. My kids are now going into high school, and I just want to spend time with them more. Their entire lives I've been on Council, and I've loved every minute of it. It's been a hard decision for sure."

As for Pulliam, Smallwood and Exner, all three have expressed a belief in the importance of some kind of "continuity" between councils, and hope to continue their service as the city moves forward on several ongoing projects.

"We've come such a long way in just three short years. We've fully funded and staffed our police department, invested in our traffic infrastructure by building new roads and synchronizing the lights along Highway 26, as well as planning for our community's future," said Pulliam. "When I first ran, I promised to work to alleviate traffic, plan for our growth and support our local small business community. I look forward to continuing our work to do exactly that: keep Sandy wonderful." PMG FILE PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - Councilor Laurie Smallwood.

Smallwood echoed the sentiment that "good work" has been done by the current council and has decided to seek another four-year term to see the projects started during her time on council get completed.

"I decided to run again for several reasons," said Smallwood. "I believe there's continuity in not having new councilors all the time: when a project starts (having established councilors serving) gives you an opportunity to hopefully see it through. I believe good work is being done by the Council. Some very difficult decisions have been made, hard choices, that have some opportunities to seek alternative funding. I'm excited for Sandy and its future and it has been an honor to serve the members of this community."

Exner is looking forward to making progress on the Ten Eyck to Vista Loop Sidewalk project, which has been in the works for much of his time on council, as well as the numerous future plans city staff are working on, the Sandy Community Campus project and more, if re-elected.

If voted in again, Exner will be the most senior member of the council. PMG FILE PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - Councilor Carl Exner.

"There are about four or five projects I've been involved in for quite some time," Exner said. "I want to make sure those are completed before I walk away. I think it's good to maintain some stability on council. This is the third council I've served on. I think we need to take a deep breath now that all these plans are started and now, we need to figure out how to fund and (actualize) them. Sandy has a fantastic future, but there are a number of important steps we need to take to reach it."

To his constituency, Exner said he'd like to see people stay involved as the many projects that will affect Sandy's future move forward.

"This is a time to stay involved," he said. "Don't back off. I want to hear what people are thinking."

The filing period began on June 1, and the deadline to file a completed petition to the city recorder is 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22. Completed petitions can be sent to the city recorder as early as Wednesday, Aug. 10 for verification. The deadline to submit a statement for the voters' pamphlet to the Clackamas County Elections Office is Sept. 1. Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 8.

More information about the upcoming city of Sandy elections can be found online.

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